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“Kimberly Akimbo,” “Leopoldstadt,”and “Some Like It Hot” were among the big winners at the 76th Annual Tony Awards, which were presented live on Sunday, June 11 at the United Palace Theater.
“Kimberly Akimbo” won Tonys for Best Musical, Best Actress in a Musical for Victoria Clark, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Bonnie Milligan, Best Book for David Lindsay-Abaire and Best Score for Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori.
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“Leopoldstadt,” written by Sir Tom Stoppard, won the Tony for Best Play, along with earning trophies for Patrick Marber as Best Director of a Play, Brandon Uranowitz as Best Featured Actor in a Play, and Best Costume Design of a Play.
“Some Like It Hot” won the awards for Best Actor in a Musical for J. Harrison Ghee, Best Choreography for Casey Nicholaw, as well as Best Orchestrations for Charlie Rosen and Bryan Carter and Best Costume Design of a Musical.
Additional acting winners included Sean Hayes as Best Actor in a Play for “Good Night, Oscar,” Jodie Comer as Best Actress in a Play for “Prima Facie,” Miriam Silverman for Best Featured Actress in a Play for “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” and Alex Newell for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for “Shucked.”
Other winners included “Parade” as Best Revival of a Musical,” with its director Michael Arden taking home the trophy for Best Director of a Musical, and “Topdog/Underdog” as Best Revival of Play.
Meanwhile, “Sweeney Todd” earned trophies for Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design of a Musical, “New York, New York” won Best Set Design of a Musical, and “Life of Pi” won top honors in the Play category for Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.
Ariana DeBose hosted the presentation, opening the show with a medley of dance numbers. The show also featured performances from the casts of the eight Tony-nominated best musicals and revivals --“Camelot,” “Into The Woods,” “& Juliet,” “Kimberly Akimbo,” “New York New York,” Parade,” “Shucked,” “Some Like It Hot,” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” – along with numbers by Will Swenson and the cast of “A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical” and Lea Michele and the cast of “Funny Girl.”
The show also featured performances from 2022 Tony Award winner Joaquina Kalukango, who sang “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from the recently-closed “Phantom of the Opera,” in conjunction with the “In Memoriam” segment, and a special performance by DeBose and Julianne Hough of “The Hot Honey Rag” from the hit musical “Chicago” to honor Joel Grey and John Kander, who are the recipients of the 2023 Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.